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James Mill

Autograph letter signed to Jeremy Bentham 1831

James Mill tells Jeremy Bentham he is to meet Ram Mohun Roy – the father of modern India

Autograph letter signed to Jeremy Bentham.
E.India House, Tuesday (May 17th) 1831

Octavo, 11.0 x 18.0 cm, 3 pages in ink + blank, traces of mounting on blank leaf , endorsed in ink on blank leaf by Jeremy Bentham.
£4,500

Ram Mohun Roy [1772-1833], Indian religious, social, and educational reformer who challenged traditional Hindu culture and indicated the lines of progress for Indian society under British rule.He is sometimes called the father of modern India.“In 1829 Roy journeyed to England as the unofficial representative of the titular king of Delhi. The King of Delhi granted him the title raja, though it was unrecognized by the British. Roy was well received in England, especially by Unitarians there and by King William IV. Roy died of a fever while in the care of Unitarian friends at Bristol, Eng., where he was buried. “Roy’s importance in modern Indian history rests partly upon the broad scope of his social vision and the striking modernity of his thought. He was a tireless social reformer, yet he also revived interest in the ethical principles of the Vedanta school as a counterpoise to the Western assault on Indian culture. In his textbooks and treatises he contributed to the popularization of the Bengali language, while at the same time he was the first Indian to apply to the Indian environment the fundamental social and political ideas of the French and American revolutions.”Encyc.Britannica.
Unpublished.

James Mill - Autograph letter signed to Jeremy Bentham 1831

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